Broncos re-sign Jarious Jackson

The Denver Broncos Wednesday re-signed quarterback Jarious Jackson and placed defensive end Bryant McNeal on injured reserve, Head Coach Mike Shanahan announced.

Jackson, 26, was waived by the Broncos Aug. 31 in the final cutdown after spending his first three NFL seasons in Denver. In the 2003 preseason Jackson played in three games and completed 13 of 37 passes (35.1%) for 149 yards to register a passer rating of 48.1.

Originally a seventh round draft choice (214th overall) by the Broncos in 2000, the 6-0, 228-pound signal-caller has appeared in four regular season games (two in 2000; one each in '01 and '02) and completed seven of 13 passes (53.8%) for 73 yards, for a passer rating of 70.4. He also rushed six times for six yards (1.0) with a long of 4. In one postseason contest (at Baltimore, 12/31/00) Jackson completed five of 10 passes (50%) for 54 yards and a passer rating of 66.3. His complete bio appears on page 131 of the Broncos' 2003 media guide.

McNeal, who suffered a lower back injury, was on the team's 53-man roster for the first seven weeks of the season, but was inactive for each game. The 6-4, 248 pound rookie, was selected by the Broncos' with their third fourth-round pick (128th overall) out of Clemson. A two-year starter for the Tigers, McNeal recorded 156 tackles (89 solo), 21 sacks (-147 yards), 46 quarterback pressures, five forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries in 48 career games (25 starts). Bryant Ashley McNeal was born July 13, 1979.

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